It only takes a minute to visit more on AtoZers on the Linky.My theme this year is Burma AKA Myanmar. I used to live in Laos, so this was a return to Southeast Asia that I looked forward to. I spent a little over three weeks exploring this country, learning a bit about its culture: its history, religion, and language. I thought others might enjoy some of what I learned and see some of what I saw.
Money is called Kyat /chat/ 1,000 Kyat is $1. In Burma they'll take dollars, but they prefer fives and larger bills. If your bills are torn or in any way damaged, they're not acceptable, so you have to carry new bills if you want to spend US currency. The Kyat are often in really bad shape.
|Palace Grounds in Mandalay|
Mandalay is one of most beautiful cities I visited. It's very modern and its gardens invite you to stroll, even on a steamy day. It's the second-largest city in Burma and was the last royal capital. It's north of Yangon and sits on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River. Over a million people live here.
|Mandalay Street Vendor|
|Each tribe has a unique scarf to mark them as members of that group.|
|Some bargaining going on here.|
|Spices by the pound.|
Answer to L
T 1. Untreated sewage has become a problem for the health of the lake. (72% of the households use open pit latrines, and now with tourism booming, the government has some major scrambling to do to upgrade the infrastructure and handle the influx of travelers.)
NOW what do you know about Mandlay?
T/F 1. Mandalay was the last royal capital in Burma.
T/F 2. Mandaly was occupied by the Japanese for three years following a heavy air assault on the city.